43 years, Australia
#MountainAlphabet is greeting you! We have letter D on our menu. What is it? A dessert? Not exactly :)
It's Denali - one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America with a summit elevation of 6,190 m. It is a highly desired objective for more than a 1,000 aspirants each year.
Denali lies about 130 miles (210 km) north-northwest of Anchorage (Alaska) and some 170 miles (275 km) southwest of Fairbanks in Denali National Park and Preserve. The mountain is essentially a giant block of granite that was lifted above Earth’s crust during a period of tectonic activity that began about 60 million years ago. It rises abruptly some 5,500 m from Denali Fault at its base to the higher, more southerly of its two summits. The upper half of the mountain is covered with permanent snowfields that feed many glaciers, some surpassing 30 miles (48 km) in length.
The native Koyukon Athabascan people call the mountain Denali, which is usually translated as "The Great One." A gold prospector, William Dickey, named it Mount McKinley in 1896, after President William McKinley.
The state of Alaska officially changed the name to Denali in 1975 and asked the federal government to do so too. However, when the park was tripled in size and renamed Denali National Park and Preserve in 1980, the federal government retained the name Mount McKinley.
In August 2015, with President Barack Obama's approval, the U.S. Department of the Interior officially renamed the mountain Denali.
It was first summited in 1913 by: Hudson Stuck, Walter Harper, Harry Karstens and Robert Tatum are the first to reach the south summit.
Parent Range: North American Cordillera
Activity type: Mountaineering, Hiking, Backcountry Skiing
Summit(s): South Summit (6 195 m /20 325 feet), North Summit (5 934 m /19 470 feet
Cost of climbing: from $ 7 300
Photo credit: Mountainplanet.com